Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama and monk who looks like a cute little Buddha, but beneath the smiles is the story of a child who, despite his father being one of the greatest Tibetan masters alive at the time, suffered from severe anxiety. As in his last book, Joyful Living, he shares in an easy conversational style what he learned on his path out of his early misery, but this book is more practical in nature than the previous one. It offers direct step by step instructions on meditation.
Though aimed at a general readership, the book may still hold insights for the seasoned Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. It’s always good to check in on the approach taken by teachers other than your own and to note the different language they use to describe the same thing. Sometimes a slightly different angle on something can provide clarification. Even without that, it’s an enjoyable personable read, and there’s no doubt that anyone relatively new to Buddhism will find much here of value.
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